I used to view food so differently.
I used to think that eating as little as possible was better. I would skip meals throughout the day thinking I was doing good, but I would always wind up binge eating tons of chips and chocolate later at night.
I would end my days feeling like crap for giving in and eating too much. So then the next day I would restrict again. And the cycle would just repeat.
Thankfully, my view of food is drastically different now. But because I’ve been there, I know just how hard it is to break this pattern of disordered eating. It’s definitely not simple or easy, but there are a few 🔑 things that can help you stop the late night binge sessions.
🔑 Eat enough during the day.
Don’t be afraid to eat bigger meals! If your meals are only 200-300 calories, you’re likely not meeting your overall calorie needs for the day. If you’re not eating enough during the day, you’re going to feel super hungry at night. And when we eat at night we tend to grab calorie dense foods, like chips and sweets, and then mindlessly eat way to much of them.
🔑 Make sure your meals are balanced.
If you’re only eating a salad with chicken for lunch, you’re missing a big piece of the puzzle! Make sure your meals have a carb source, fat source, and protein source. Our bodies need all 3 macronutrients to feel their best. Having all 3 macros with each meal helps you feel full longer, and keeps your cravings down later because you’re meeting your needs.
🔑 Eat frequently.
Going too long without eating is a recipe for disaster. You will be so hungry that you won’t listen to your fullness cues, so you over eat. To prevent this, aim to eat every 3-4 hours, and go no longer than 5 hours between meals.
Don’t get me wrong, fixing your relationship with food requires a lot more than this, but these tips will help you with the late night snacking. If you’re struggling with disordered eating, binge eating at night, or maybe you don’t even know where to start, please message me and let me know how I can help! You are not alone! 💜